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4:55 PM ET, February 8, 2015


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Maggie Steenland /
A Personal Note from Brian Williams  —  In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.  —  As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off …
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WV Republican ‘Apologizes’ For Saying Having Child From Rape Is ‘Beautiful’  —  Does anyone think he's actually “sorry” about what he said or just sorry about the backlash he's received?  —  Lawmaker sorry for saying having child from rape is ‘beautiful’:
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Lawmaker sorry for saying having child from rape is ‘beautiful’  —  A West Virginia lawmaker has apologized for saying that while rape is awful, a child that results from a rape is beautiful.  —  The comment from state Rep. Brian Kurcaba was made Thursday when members of the West Virginia House …
Discussion: Raw Story
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Fox's Wallace to Ben Carson: After Vaccine Debate, Is GOP the Science Denialism Party?  —  After a week in which vaccinations suddenly exploded from a bipartisan fringe hobby to a wedge issue for the GOP 2016 class, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Dr. Ben Carson …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
President Obama's ISIS strategy falling short?  Plus, Dr. Ben Carson on measles outbreak, vaccines  —  Special Guests: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Dr. Ben Carson, Manny Pacquiao  —  This is a rush transcript from “Fox News Sunday,” February 8, 2015.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever  —  New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming  —  When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent …
Randall Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
Grammys 2015: Transcript of Bob Dylan's MusiCares Person of Year speech  —  Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night.  After performances by artists including Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow …
What Should We Ask President Obama?  —  BuzzFeed News interviews the president Tuesday.  —  BuzzFeed News will interview President Barack Obama Tuesday as the president works to sign Americans up for his signature health care policy, prepares for a final chance to push through other elements of his agenda …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
We shouldn't believe Williams' lie was an innocent mistake  —  Brian Williams did it all for the soldiers, you see.  His chopper whoppers were patriotic acts.  “This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran,” he explained.  —  In a similar vein, ­Anthony Weiner's sext­ing …
Bruce Jenner in Horrible Car Crash — 1 Person Dead  —  IN HORRIBLE CAR CRASH  —  One Person Dead  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  3:45 PM PT Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Bruce volunteered to go to the hospital to have his blood drawn for blood alcohol testing.  He was taken in a Sheriff's cruiser.
Obama's Failed Presidency  —  “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not, and in a way that Bill Clinton did not,” President Obama told the Reno Gazette-Journal in January 2008 during his Democratic primary showdown with Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Moe Lane and National Review
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Economic Plan Is a Quandary for Hillary Clinton's Campaign  —  With advice from more than 200 policy experts, Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to answer what has emerged as a central question of her early presidential campaign strategy: how to address the anger about income inequality without overly vilifying the wealthy.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
Obama's Drones Have Killed More Than the Spanish Inquisition  —  Controversy still swirls around Obama's comments during the National Prayer Breakfast this week, where he chastised Christians for getting on their “high horse” over the ongoing global jihad, invoking medieval abuses …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
White House defends Prayer Breakfast remarks about the Crusades
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